“The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it.” – Leviticus 6:12
Noah’s life was a story of God’s faithfulness. Despite that, when we move from Genesis 6 all the way to Genesis 9, we see an instance when Noah was found naked by his sons. The truth about this instance speaks loudly in our lives. When Noah was in difficult times, he found himself trusting God wholeheartedly. When times got easy, Noah became more vulnerable.
In these times, it is easy to find ourselves in comfortable times. Things come so quickly that we become angry when food takes more than 10 minutes to be served to us in a restaurant. Like Noah, the challenge for us in these days is to be constantly vigilant. Being vigilant means that day in and day out, we keep the fire in our hearts constantly burning, and the only way for fire to continuously burn is to be constantly fed fuel. The type of fuel we feed our fire dictates the type of fire that burns in our hearts.
In this high tech world, we have to understand and internalize what consistency means. We have to go past the culture of the world of chasing the next big thing. I like how the Chinese understand consistency. Consistency is shown in the life of a bamboo tree. When you plant a bamboo seed and you water and fertilize it every day, nothing will show up for the first year. The second year you water and fertilize it, still nothing happens. The same happens during the third and fourth year. However as you continue through the fifth year and you water and fertilize it every day, sometime during the year the bamboo tree breaks through the ground and for six weeks keeps on growing until the tree grows to ninety feet. The question is this, did it grow ninety feet in six weeks or did it grow ninety feet in five years? Because if you had not supplied it with water and fertilizer for the past five years, there would have been no bamboo tree.